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Frequently Asked Questions


Questions in relation to COVID-19

We are aware of the difficulties that might occur in your application process due to the coronavirus. We are monitoring the situation closely and will act when needed, following the guidelines of the Dutch government.

  • On this page, we have provided an overview that will help you prepare as best as possible and will also answer frequently asked questions.
  • Please visit the UvA coronavirus application and admission FAQ and check out the information for the most up-to-date situation.
  • If you can’t find your answer here of have other questions, please contact us on
  • Will teaching activities resume in September?

    The research master Brain and Cognitive Sciences aims to reinstate teaching on location as per the new academic year (starting September 1st), conditional on the situation in the Netherlands and in compliance with then-current guidelines of the Dutch Government. In case the coronavirus measures or global situation will not (immediately) allow for physical teaching for all our students, we have prepared for online teaching activities and assessments from September onwards for as long as needed. This way, teaching can remain accessible to international students, if they are not able to travel to Amsterdam by the start of the academic year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

    Please contact us as soon as possible if you are not able to come to Amsterdam in time for the start of your programme due to corona-related restrictions or other reasons.

  • What if I’m not able to complete my Bachelor’s before the start of the Master’s? What conditions are there for continuing from a Bachelor’s to a Master’s?

    Dutch prior education

    The UvA will make it possible for students with a Dutch prior education to start with a Master’s in the academic year 2021-2022, even if the Bachelor’s has not yet been fully completed. The following conditions apply :

    1. your delay may not exceed 15 EC*;
    2. your delay is caused by the corona measures.

    * An exception to the 15 EC rule applies if you are missing max 30 EC and part of this 30 EC is due to delay of your bachelor project/thesis due to the corona crisis. If your supervisor or examiner provides a statement clarifying how much workload (expressed in EC) is remaining in your bachelor project and this results in an remaining overall workload that does not exceed 15 EC, you can also be admitted to the MSc program.

    You have one academic year to complete your Bachelor’s.
    The 15 EC limit is to ensure a manageable and achievable workload in the 2021-2022 academic year.

    International prior education

    These conditions also apply to EU/EEA students, but only if the international Bachelors programme can be finished online.

    Non-EU/EEA students will need to complete their Bachelor’s before the start of the Master’s.

    How do you apply for an exemption?

    It will be made possible in the application process to hand in a request for exemption to start the Master’s if the Bachelor’s is not completed. Please see step 8 in the Application process. You need to provide an official grade list and if necessary a statement from your bachelor project supervisor or examiner.

    Further information will be made available as soon as possible.

    Please visit the UvA coronavirus application and admission FAQ for the most up-to-date information.

  • What if I cannot start the programme?

    If you cannot make the 1 September start, you can cancel your application any time even if you have previously accepted the offer of admission. (If you cancel before 1 September 2021, you will also be reimbursed for any tuition fees already paid). You might also consider deferring your application to the next available start date of your programme.

    Please contact us as soon as possible if you are not able to come to Amsterdam in time for the start of your programme due to corona-related restrictions or other reasons.